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An introduction to the emotional response films

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Emotional response to films 1

  1. 1. FM4: Varieties Of Film Experience – Issues and Debates Section B: Spectatorship Topics Popular Film and Emotional Response
  2. 2. Popular Film and Emotional Response • Aims: • Consider the relationship between the film on the screen and the audience • Consider the idea that spectators will find that particular films and particular sequences within films draw out from them certain, often strong, emotional responses • Consider the possibility that film may ‘shock’ in a variety of ways and intensities, and that it may as a result be both disturbing and challenging to spectators.
  3. 3. Sample Exam Questions • Would you agree that strong emotional effects are achieved in some films by the careful use of film construction techniques and in others by the subject matter itself? • After the shock of the initial viewing, do subsequent viewings lessen or intensify the impact of shocking images and/ or subject matter? • Creating the opportunity for emotional responses in popular films is simply to do with manipulating the audience: mainstream films don’t attempt to use emotional responses to make any more considered points. From your experience would you agree with this?
  4. 4. Film as a communication process • First perspective: Film is a form of communication, transmission of messages (single intended meaning) • Second perspective: Film is a form of communication – meaning making is an interactive process (a variety of possible meanings) • Film ‘Language’: Film operates as a language; it communicates with the spectator through the use of images and sound • Films as ‘constructs’: Films are built by filmmakers from a series of component parts that we can identify, and since they have been constructed we can take them apart and see how they have been put together.
  5. 5. Spectator and Audience? • Spectator – individual, personal connection • Audience – a group, group experience, shared meaning
  6. 6. What is emotion? • What exactly is emotion, or emotional response? • To what extent should emotions be seen to be linked to thought? • As we watch films we can each experience fear, and pleasure, and desire, and surprise, and shock and a whole array of possible emotions, but we will not all experience these emotions equally at the same moments in a film • What is that determines our individual predisposition to respond in particular emotional ways at certain points in certain films?
  7. 7. Emotive Response • What elements in a film can create an emotive response?
  8. 8. Emotive Response • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t7HZgqpH9E • What emotions do you expect the audience to feel and how do we know this? • What elements create the emotion?
  9. 9. Task • Write a blog on the key emotions in a chosen film. • How is the emotion created. Think about all the different elements e.g. soundtrack and lighting? • Does the emotion change throughout the film? • How effectively is the emotion created?
  10. 10. Task • Write a blog on the key emotions in a chosen film. • How is the emotion created. Think about all the different elements e.g. soundtrack and lighting? • Does the emotion change throughout the film? • How effectively is the emotion created?

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